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Eco-Friendly Travel Advice

Eco-Friendly Travel

This summer managed to break several records on the heat index, which only reinforces the need to take into account the environment around you while you’re traveling. After all, tourism accounts for about five percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions per the UN’s World Tourism Organization. On top of that, the number of travelers continues to grow each year. In just the first four months of the year, nearly 350 million people took an international trip, an increase of more than five percent compared to 2017.

Traveling “greener” doesn’t necessarily mean staying at an eco-lodge or visiting a rainforest, it’s more about taking into account where you’re off to and why. You can begin by choosing to rent an electric vehicle during your next trip or staying at a hotel that’s LEED certified, which means it’s designed for optimal sustainability.

The bulk of the travel and tourism industry's carbon footprint is made up of transportation. Choosing the most environmentally friendly method of getting around will depend on where you’re going, but you can take the time to evaluate your options. Would you be willing to take a train instead of a plane? Why not consider using public transportation to get to the airport?

There are simple things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. If you’re okay with it, hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your hotel room door a day or two so that the staff doesn’t clean your room every single day, using up excessive energy. Simple steps like turning off the lights or the television when you leave the hotel room may seem small, but they play a huge role in becoming more environmentally conscious the next time you travel.

If you have any more tips on staying “green” while traveling, let us know in the comments! We would love to hear from you.

Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types around the world. We offer a variety of travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insuranceinternational travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. 

Our company mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products which offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. To become a Trawick International partner call 888-301-9289 or email info@trawickinternational.com

By Emily Glen at 13 Nov 2018

Travel Alerts vs. Travel Warnings

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In today’s climate, it’s not unheard of for the government to issue travel warnings and travel alerts. Depending on where you’re traveling to and what you’ll be doing while you’re there, it’s important to understand how these two differ as they could potentially affect your trip.

A travel alert is also known as a travel public announcement and is typically short in nature. These alerts are issued due to factors like events that are related to terrorism, an anniversary of a specific terrorist event, and political unrest. These alerts are usually accompanied by information regarding potential threats and short-term conditions that the government believes may affect American travelers and pose significant risks to their security. Travel alerts were recently issued due to the hurricane and typhoon seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.

A travel warning is considered more severe than a travel alert and means that the State Department is suggesting Americans entirely avoid traveling to a particular country because of instability, or when a U.S. embassy or consulate is closed, therefore reducing the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens. The U.S. Department of State issued travel warnings back in April urging citizens to avoid travel to several states in Mexico due to increased crime threats and violent homicides. It’s important to note that warnings do not mean you cannot travel to the country in question, they are simply meant as a safety or precautionary measure.

Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types around the world. We offer a variety of travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insuranceinternational travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. 

Our company mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products which offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. To become a Trawick International partner call 888-301-9289 or email info@trawickinternational.com

By Emily Glen at 6 Nov 2018

Are TSA Delays Covered Under Your Travel Insurance?

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Probably everyone who frequently travels has dealt with some type of travel delay. With the increasingly stringent TSA requirements, one of the slowest steps in making it to your flight is having to wait in security checkpoint lines. These lines can take quite some time, especially if you are headed to a foreign country. It’s not an unusual circumstance to miss a flight because of a TSA delay or suddenly finding yourself unable to get on another flight because it’s already full.

So, you might be wondering whether such a delay will be covered under your travel insurance policy, assuming you purchased one. Unfortunately, a delay in your trip due to the TSA security check will not be covered by your insurance. A delay because of a mechanical breakdown in the aircraft? Yes, it’s covered. A hurricane that prevents or affects travel? It’s possible. To know exactly what’s covered, make sure you thoroughly read your policy coverage or contact our excellent customer service team who will be happy to answer any of your questions.

TSA delays do not fall under what the travel insurance industry calls “peril coverage” as there is nothing perilous about it. If you’re concerned about running into such a situation the next time you plan a long flight, the best way to avoid such delays is to arrive at the airport early and with plenty of time so you have more than enough time should unforeseen TSA circumstances arise or get TSA Pre and use the shorter lines at the airports. (This is a serious time saver especially if you travel frequently.)

Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types around the world. We offer a variety of travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. 

Our company mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products which offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. To become a Trawick International partner call 888-301-9289 or email info@trawickinternational.com

By Emily Glen at 22 Oct 2018

Staying in a Rental Property While Traveling

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Travelers seeking an experience that mimics the feel of being a local are more often than not ditching hotels in favor of renting another person’s home. (Hence homestay mega-giant, Airbnb). While this can make for a unique experience, there are personal safety issues to keep in mind while renting a home in a foreign place.

For starters, make sure you thoroughly read the contract so that you know exactly what is included and excluded. For example, the contract may stipulate that you will lose any deposit you’ve put down if you don’t clean up after yourself. Before signing anything, make sure that the host is legally able to rent out the home. In today’s age where websites like Airbnb attract thousands of users, there have been many legal situations involving property owners and travelers. Ask for documentation; if the person is reputable they will have nothing to hide and will be glad to give you proof.

Any payments and communications should be done via the rental company website instead of directly with the property owner. This will add another level of security and significantly reduce the odds of fraud or your identity and credit card information being stolen.

Another very important aspect to look at is the number of ratings a host has, as well as how high the host’s rating is. You should never stay with anyone that has less than about 20 reviews, just to stay safe. Many hosts come and go very fast just trying to make a quick buck, so make sure you are staying with a reputable host who other people have trusted and left reviews on.

The home you’ll be renting will likely have security measures in place like an alarm and the standard door locks. As you would when visiting any foreign place, use common sense and proper judgement. Keep your valuables at home, thoroughly inspect the references and be aware of your surroundings. If it feels sketchy or unsafe, have a backup plan. This is also a helpful step should the host be a no-show.

Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types around the world. We offer a variety of travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products which offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. To become a Trawick International partner call 888-301-9289 or email info@trawickinternational.com

By Emily Glen at 11 Oct 2018

Travel Insurance During Hurricane Season

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This year's hurricane season officially began on June 1, 2018 and will end on November 20, 2018. That is half of an entire year that could potentially bring storms to the US, however, usually, August and September are the most active months. Hurricanes typically affect the Atlantic region, many countries in the Caribbean and southern states like Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas. 

If you will be traveling to any of these destinations during this hurricane season, travel insurance is not only a good idea, but an essential part of your travel plans. We have multiple plans that can cover you this hurricane season. 

To be eligible to be covered for a hurricane that will affect your travel plans, you MUST have purchased the travel insurance BEFORE that specific hurricane was named. Once it is named, it is already a foreseeable event and you will not be able to have any hurricane-related coverage. You could still purchase travel medical insurance to cover you while on your trip, but any kind of trip protection/cancellation coverage because of the hurricane will not work.

Our Safe Travels Single Trip plan would be optimal for trip cancellation coverage due to an unforeseen hurricane. 

Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types around the world. We offer a variety of travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products which offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. To become a Trawick International partner call 888-301-9289 or email info@trawickinternational.com

By Emily Glen at 7 Aug 2018
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